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CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK WEEKLY: March 30-April 5, 2015

bob-crawfordWOLF PACK WEEKLY: March 30-April 5, 2015

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

The Wolf Pack (36-22-5-4, 81 pts.) swept a pair of key games this past week, moving into a share of fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings and improving to 6-1-0-1 in their last eight games.  Friday night at the XL Center, Mackenzie Skapski returned from nearly two months with the parent New York Rangers and rang up his third AHL shutout of the season, making 27 saves as the Wolf Pack posted their most decisive victory of the year, a 5-0 triumph over Providence.  Then the Pack headed to Springfield Saturday night, and won in overtime for the fourth time in five visits to the MassMutual Center, with Danny Kristo’s second goal of the game at 1:48 of OT capping a comeback from a 2-0 deficit, and sealing a 3-2 victory. 

AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE STANDINGS

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* = Division leaders are seeded 1, 2, and 3 in Conference standings. Eight teams in each conference qualify for the playoffs: the three division winners will be seeded first through third in order of points, and the next five teams in order of points will be seeded fourth through eighth. Continue reading

CANTLON: (FRIDAY) PACK AIN’T ‘FRAID OF NO GHOSTS

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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – The Hartford Wolf Pack registered their fourth consecutive win defeating the visiting Lehigh Valley Phantoms 3-2 before 4,686 at the XL Center Friday night.

The Wolf Pack built a two goal lead early in the third period as Ryan Bourque drifted on the right wing and from forty feet out took a Mike Kostka pass and one timed it for his eleventh of season beating Phantom netminder Rob Zepp over his glove hand at 2:23.

“It was a good one-timer off a nice pass from Kostka,” Wolf Pack head coach Ken Gernander said. “It was a good rush and (Ryan Bourque) had a shooter’s mentality.”

The younger Bourque’s goal turned out to be his second game-winner of the season. On the goal, Chris Mueller picked up his third assist of the game and has now registered eleven points in his last nine games. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: PACK FINDING THEIR GROVE AGAIN – SWEEP WEEKEND

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Hartford Wolf Pack 5, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 2

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

Wilkes-Barre, PA, March 15, 2015 – The Hartford Wolf Pack tied a franchise record Sunday against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, allowing the Penguins only 13 shots on goal in a 5-2 Wolf Pack win.

The victory gave the Wolf Pack a perfect weekend, as the Pack also won road games Friday night, 2-1 in overtime at Springfield, and Saturday night, 4-3 in BinghamtonContinue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: AHL TRADE DEADLINE AND OTHER NOTES

gerry-150x130BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

AHL TRADE DEADLINE DAY

The AHL trading period ended at 3pm on Monday

While the AHL Trading deadline doesn’t get as much coverage – well, no coverage is probably more accurate – as the big boys in the NHL did a week ago, it’s still important nonetheless.

It’s important to note that no players who have NHL deals can be traded, they can be loaned to another team. Those players who are on the last year of their deals could be moved, and of course as the college and junior hockey’s regular seasons and playoffs are ending, starting players can sign Amateur Try-Out’s or ATO’s with AHL clubs and would be eligible for the post season.

It’s the last time that teams will have to make upgrades to personnel to improve their chances of making the AHL Calder Cup playoffs that start in a little over a month from now. Contract players can come in after the deadline but they would be ineligible for the playoffs.

The struggling Wolf Pack have definite needs as they’re on an 0-5-1 streak in their last six. Among those needs? Continue reading

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK WEEKLY: March 9-15, 2015

bob-crawfordBY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

The Wolf Pack (30-21-5-3, 68 pts.) have lost three straight in regulation for the first  time this season, after dropping a trio of games this past weekend.  The Pack jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period Friday night in Worcester, only to see the Sharks strike for five second-period goals and hand the Wolf Pack a 5-2 loss.  A crowd of 7,192, the fifth lower-bowl sellout in the last seven home games, was on hand Saturday at the XL Center for a matinee between the Wolf Pack and the AHL-leading Hershey Bears, and the Wolf Pack outshot the visitors 37-20.  A pair of Hershey goals in the third period, though, broke a 3-3 and gave the Bears a 5-3 victory.  The Wolf Pack struck first in Sunday’s visit to Atlantic Division-leading Manchester, on an early goal by Dylan McIlrath, but the Monarchs eventually held sway in a 5-3 verdict. 

AHL – EASTERN CONFERENCE STANDINGS

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 * = Division leaders are seeded 1, 2, and 3 in Conference standings.

Eight teams in each conference qualify for the playoffs: the three division winners will be seeded first through third in order of points, and the next five teams in order of points will be seeded fourth through eighth. Continue reading

GRENIER: (SATURDAY) PACK LOSE IN OT

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BY: Zack Grenier, Hartford Wolf Pack

Hartford, CT, February 28, 2015 – Chris Mueller scored twice for the Hartford Wolf Pack Saturday night at the XL Center, but Andrew Ebbett’s overtime goal gave the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins a 3-2 win.

Mueller twice brought the Wolf Pack back from one-goal deficits, and his 10th goal of the season at 11:17 of the third period sent the game to overtime.  Ebbett, though, connected on a breakaway at 2:27 of the extra session, after being sent away by a pass from Brian Dumoulin.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton also got goals from Reid McNeill and Jayson MegnaJeff Zatkoff got the win with 29 saves.  Yann Danis stopped 26 shots in the Wolf Pack net. Continue reading

CANTLON: PACK LOSE SUNDAY TO PENS

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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT - The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins controlled the play and were able to score timely goals and beat the Hartford Wolf Pack 4-1 before 4,987 Sunday afternoon at the XL Center.

The Penguins wasted little time building a two goal lead in the third period. Just 10 seconds into the period, Tom Kostopoulos, a right handed shot on the left wing waited patiently as Andrew Ebbett escaped a check from Conor Allen and one-timed the pass to the stick-side of Yann Danis for his twelfth of the season and second of the game.

“It’s one of those quick turnaround games after a big home game, to drive through a snowstorm and have a long bus trip. The older guys like us had to take charge to lead the way on days like this,” Ebbett, the game’s first star, said. Continue reading